Hydrilla floating

Hydrilla can cover the surface of a water body. Photo from Hydrilla video

Use the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System: Southeast Early Detection Network, or EDDMapS SEEDN, online reporting system. This is an easy and intuitive way to report new sightings of Hydrilla or other invasive plants.

You will need to create a free account and download the smartphone app. After you are set up, reporting is simple.

The Plant Industry Division of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will receive and verify your Hydrilla sightings.

These are the steps you need to take:

Create Account

Before you can report your sightings online, you need to set up an account.

You can report your data through the SEEDN app or website.

Report with the SEEDN App

Screenshot of SEEDN appTo use the app, install it on your smartphone.

You are now ready to report using the app.

You do not need cell coverage while you are collecting data. Your data will be saved to your phone in the upload queue.

When you do have Internet access, you can upload all of your records at the same time. Open the SEEDN app and choose “Upload Queue.” Data will be deleted from your phone after they are uploaded.

To view or edit your submissions, go to “MY EDDMapS.” Experts will verify your data before they go live on the EDDMapS website.

Report through the SEEDN Website

Before you upload your data through the website, make sure you have photos downloaded and the location data on hand (with GPS coordinates if possible).